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RIHANNA ft CHRIS BROWN
Def Jam *
Not to be confused with the old blues number of the same title. (Sample lyric: “I go out and I get a little high/Come home and blacken my wife’s eye/Nobody’s business but my own.”) Although, on second thought . . .
LANA DEL REY
On this track from her Born to Die: The Paradise Edition album, the attention-starved mannequin claims to sleep in an American flag, coos in an Oedipal fashion about her father, and drops in a chorus that might yet amount to the most memorable product placement Pepsi Cola ever receives. Suffice to say, she would be well advised to have the condition looked at.
On the title track from their debut album, the girl group try to identify their lover’s unique appeal. “He’s from a different strain,” they bleat, “that science can’t explain.” They then follow that up by offering what sound suspiciously like a scientific explanation. “It’s in his DNA, his DNA.” (Y’know, it’s actually probably his haircut.)
Memphis Industries ****
The first single from the band’s Out of Touch in the Wild album starts out sounding like one of those nonsense songs small children sing to themselves when they think no one’s listening. Then there are these intricate, intertwining marimba and xylophone melodies that, admittedly, are a little bit a beyond the abilities of most small children. Except Mozart, probably, or one of those annoying, talented tykes from the Late Late Toy Show.
Tea Song ***
For this video, edited by Alan Joseph Tully, singer Róisín O convinced members of the Irish diaspora (or “teaspora”) to send footage of themselves enjoying a cup of tea in their newly adopted homelands.
At the request of Minister Varadkar, Róisín’s next effort will be titled The Writing a Big Fat Cheque Song. itunes.com